How to Remove Scuff Marks From Painted Walls

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Washcloth

  • White toothpaste

  • Basic toothbrush

Kids' rooms frequently end up with scuffs on the walls.
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If you have matte painted walls in your home, you know that while they look beautiful, it can be tough to get scuff marks off without scratching or wearing down the paint. Don't fret. There are a few tips and tricks you can use to get the marks off of your wall without worrying about doing any damage to the finish.

Step 1

Dampen a washcloth with rubbing alcohol. Dab the wet washcloth onto the mark until it disappears.

Step 2

Use a toothbrush and plain white toothpaste (non-gel). Apply a small amount of toothpaste directly to the brush and gently "buff out" the scuff mark.

Step 3

Use clear clean water on a washcloth and remove any residue left on the wall.


Color test a small inconspicuous area of the wall to make sure that the paint is color fast. These methods work best on light-colored walls; on dark- or bright-colored walls, the color may be affected.